Sudanese model Nykhor Paul has had enough. The 25-year-old beauty, who has walked in runway shows for Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga and Rick Owens is calling out the industry for treating dark-skinned black models like unwanted stepchildren when it comes to makeup.
“Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up wtf! Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones.
Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?”
Nykhor seems to be an activist at heart. Her organization We Are Nilotic, which works to bring peace among the 64 tribes of South Sudan, won the models.com Humanitarian Award this spring.
But let’s talk for a second about why skin color matters.
I find it very interesting that Nykhor’s comments come a few weeks after Teen Vogue magazine was called out for featuring only bi-racial, light-skinned models in their feature on Senegalese twists — a West African style. The article’s author responded by saying that the definition of blackness is diverse, America is changing, blah, blah, blah… but that’s the thing. It’s not okay if only certain ‘definitions of blackness’ are embraced, while the expressions of blackness that people DON’T like are neglected or erased.
As for Nykhor’s original Instagram post, it’s been liked more than 7,000 times.
Ladies, what are your thoughts?